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Community Connect Broadband Grant Program

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 10.863
U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development, USDA Rural Utilities Service
Dec 23, 2020

The Community Connect Grant Program supports broadband deployment into rural communities where it is not yet economically viable for private sector providers to deliver service. Broadband service should benefit residential and business customers in a service area, as well as critical community facilities, such as healthcare, public schools, fire stations, and libraries.

Grant funds may be used to help fund:

  • The construction, acquisition, or leasing of facilities, spectrum, land, or buildings used to deploy broadband service within the proposed service area
  • The improvement, expansion, construction, or acquisition of a community center that provides online access to the public
  • The cost of providing broadband service free of charge to critical community facilities for 2 years

Eligible applicants include:

  • State and local governments
  • Federally recognized tribes
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • For-profit corporations

Rural areas that lack any existing broadband speed of at least 10 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream are eligible.

Geographic coverage
Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $3,000,000
Award floor: $100,000
Estimated number of awards: 20

A non-federal cash match of at least 15% of the total amount of financial assistance requested is required and can be used for operating costs.

Application process

Links to the full announcement and application guide are available through

Additional guidance and forms can be found on the program website. Applications must be submitted through the Community Connect Grant application portal.

Tagged as
Broadband · Capital funding · Community and economic development

Organizations (3)

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